LOS ANGELES -- Last year, the MTV Movie Awards moved up its broadcast date from June to April to incorporate a summer movie plug-fest. Sunday night's show cemented that change, as clips from anticipated blockbusters debuted at the madcap ceremony.
In its 22nd year, the MTV Movie Awards show has become an important event for Hollywood studios. And, oh yes, there were some awards, too.
An abundance of golden popcorn-shaped prizes were again presented in fun categories, like the award for best shirtless performance, which Zac Efron accepted shirtless. But it's the summer movie teasers -- and the stars attached to them -- that really make the show.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx star in the seventh instalment of Sony's Spider-Man franchise, which kicks off the summer movie season on May 2. The trio introduced a clip of the film showing Spider-Man (Garfield) and the sparkling blue villain Electro (Foxx) battling in New York's Times Square.
Also expected to dominate at the box office, Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past was touted with an intro by one of its new stars, Ellen Page, who will take on the role of Shadowcat. The upcoming film, out May 23, sees the X-Men joining forces with their younger selves.
There to present the award for best fight was Aaron Taylor-Johnson, the star of Warner Bros.' Godzilla, which opens May 16. A short clip of the film, showing the monster preparing to wreak havoc, aired before Taylor-Johnson appeared onstage.
First-look footage from Fox's The Fault in Our Stars, starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort, showed the beginnings of the onscreen couple's romance in the heartfelt comedy.
Mark Wahlberg, who received the generation award at the show, touted his upcoming Transformers: Age of Extinction, saying the Paramount Pictures' flick would be the biggest movie of 2014. Some of the crew of the hit HBO show Entourage presented Wahlberg with his award and the presence of Adrian Grenier, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon reminded us that the Entourage movie is being readied for 2015.
Starring in two possible summer hits, Channing Tatum will appear in both the buddy cop comedy 22 Jump Street, out June 13, with Jonah Hill (who picked up the best comedic performance award for The Wolf of Wall Street), and sci-fi fantasy Jupiter Ascending, out July 18, with Mila Kunis (best villain for Oz the Great and Powerful).
Both Kunis, looking very pregnant in a short, loose black dress, and Hill presented Tatum with his Trailblazer Award.
And not to be missed was Josh Hutcherson's mention of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on Feb. 2 from a combination of heroin, cocaine and other drugs.
Hoffman appeared in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which earned the evening's top prize of movie of the year.
"If Philip were here he would think this was really cool," said Hutcherson, one of the stars of Hunger Games and the best male performance recipient. "We think about him every day on set. This definitely goes out to him as well."
Host Conan O'Brien kicked off the ceremony, which aired live from the Nokia Theatre, with a challenge to gain 50 celebrity cameos for his opening segment. Of course, he came through with many stars like Paul Rudd and Adam Sandler, who have films expected in the coming months.
-- The Associated Press